A Field Guide to the Ants of New England

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This book is the first user-friendly regional guide devoted to ants—the “little things that run the world.” Lavishly illustrated with more than 500 line drawings, 300-plus photographs, and regional distribution maps as composite illustrations for every species, this guide will introduce amateur and professional naturalists and biologists, teachers and students, and environmental managers and pest-control professionals to more than 140 ant species found in the ...

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Overview

This book is the first user-friendly regional guide devoted to ants—the “little things that run the world.” Lavishly illustrated with more than 500 line drawings, 300-plus photographs, and regional distribution maps as composite illustrations for every species, this guide will introduce amateur and professional naturalists and biologists, teachers and students, and environmental managers and pest-control professionals to more than 140 ant species found in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

The detailed drawings and species descriptions, together with the high-magnification photographs, will allow anyone to identify and learn about ants and their diversity, ecology, life histories, and beauty. In addition, the book includes sections on collecting ants, ant ecology and evolution, natural history, and patterns of geographic distribution and diversity to help readers gain a greater understanding and appreciation of ants.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Amateur naturalists seeking a guide for meaningful fieldwork, along with readers curious about the natural world, will welcome this comprehensive and lucid consideration of the over 130 ant species living in or around New England. The authors, biologists and ecologists, successfully convey their sense of wonder at and appreciation for an animal whose complex and fascinating lives are unknown to most, despite their ubiquity. There are loads of intriguing tidbits. For example, some predators, such as spiders, have evolved to mimic ants' physiognomies so perfectly that trained experts can't always tell them apart. Meanwhile, some ant species enslave others to do their menial work. Ant colonies function as highly social super-organisms: "he single ant you see running across the forest floor or your kitchen counter is in reality a short-lived, specialized extension of the colony itself." There are also simple, step-by-step instructions for observing and collecting ants, along with detailed illustrations and diagrams to assist in classification. Color & b&w illus. (Nov.)
Jane O'Donnell
“…[Will] appeal to [anyone] interested in insects or natural history in general, as well as those who are truly ant enthusiasts.”—Jane O’Donnell, University of Connecticut
 
Edward O. Wilson
"This ground-breaking field guide not only contributes to our basic knowledge of ants, but places the ants of New England within reach of those interested in the natural history of the region."—Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Sean Menke
“This goes beyond any ant book that has come before it and puts it in line with the popular and best bird books on the market….readable and easy to use by non-experts.”—Sean Menke, Lake Forest College
Michael Kaspari
“…a great combination of natural history, a little anecdote, and  gorgeous inspired figures.”—Michael Kaspari, University of Oklahoma
Katherine Bennett
“This…is phenomenal! …a fantastic job [and] will be very usable for all students. ...I love the natural history and details about all the ants- especially the names! The matrix keys are GREAT and really helpful.”—Katherine Bennett, 5th grade teacher
Rogerio R. Silva
“The book is wonderful. I never have seen a book with so much information together about biology, ecology, morphology, taxonomy, keys to species and pictures. All myrmecologists will want a copy.”—Rogério R. Silva, Museu de Zoologia/USP/Entomologia São Paulo
Joan Herbers
“What a gorgeous field guide! Congratulations on such a comprehensive and USEFUL resource.”—Joan Herbers, Ohio State
University
Adam Clark
“The descriptions for the various Formica species groups are the best I’ve seen, and the drawings throughout are absolutely excellent.”—Adam Clark, University of Minnesota
Claude Pilon
"Your field guide is a really fascinating and interesting book. I like the matrix keys, at the beginning of the book and look forward to testing them with specimens. The combination of drawings and photographs provides a useful tool."—Claude Pilon, Entomofaune du Québec
Charlene Donahue
“What a wonderful addition to the entomological world! There are so many features that make it exceptional: The keys by size on the front flyleaf, the basics of ant anatomy on the back, the arrows on the diagrams, distribution maps, interesting notes on species, the background material and biography. Delightful!”—Charlene Donahue, Maine Entomological Society, President
Rog�rio R. Silva

“The book is wonderful. I never have seen a book with so much information together about biology, ecology, morphology, taxonomy, keys to species and pictures. All myrmecologists will want a copy.”—Rogério R. Silva, Museu de Zoologia/USP/Entomologia São Paulo
Myrmecological News
 “This book sets a gold standard…Ground-breaking, intelligent, and innovative…and [it] will inspire similar works for other regions around the world.”—Myrmecological News
Choice
“Outstanding, well-written.” —Choice
International Book Awards
Winner of the 2013 International Book Awards in the General Science category.
The Quarterly Review of Biology
“Destined to be known, at least in myrmecological circles, as ‘The New England Bible.’”—The Quarterly Review of Biology
Invertebrate Notes
“fascinating to novices and experts alike.”—Invertebrate Notes
Northern Woodlands - Joan Waltermire
“includes everything you’ve ever wished for in a field guide.”—Joan Waltermire, Northern Woodlands
Choice
“Outstanding, well-written.” —Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300169300
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 330,864
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 4.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron M. Ellison is senior research fellow in ecology at Harvard University's Harvard Forest and adjunct research professor of biology and environmental conservation at the University of Massachusetts.Nicholas J. Gotelli is professor of biology at the University of Vermont. Elizabeth J. Farnsworth is senior research ecologist at New England Wild Flower Society. Gary D. Alpert is an environmental biologist on the staff of the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Ants and the New England Landscape 1

2 Ant Basics: Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior 11

3 Observing, Catching, and Collecting Ants 28

4 Identifying Ants 44

5 Descriptions of, and Keys to, the Subfamilies, Genera, and Species of New England Ants 59

6 The Biogeography of New England Ants 333

Bibliography and Further Readings 353

Internet Resources 364

Index 367

Map of the Counties of New England 393

Checklist of the Ants of New England 394

About the Authors 397

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

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    The Future of Ant Guide Books

    This is a well-organized, well-designed guide which is the future of all such guide books. The book features chapters on ant biology, methods, and identification followed by the identification key, and a final chapter on biogeography. The key is supported with clear line drawings in the key and drawings illustrative of character states in the endpapers. The illustrations in the endpapers are an excellent addition for beginning myrmecologists who are uncertain of the character state descriptions. The following descriptions are color-coded by genus and include photos of the habitat and the ant, distribution maps, and line drawings of the ant and important taxonomic features.

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